Technology Access and Use at School and Student Academic Achievement
Byron Havard, Mississippi State University, United States ; Jianxia Du, Mississippi State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The purpose of this study was to examine the Equality of Educational Opportunities (EEO) as it relates to the availability and usage of technology. The Education Longitudinal Study 2002 (ELS:2002) was utilized in order to investigate the relationships between the availability of technology to secondary-level students, SES factors, and academic achievement. The findings suggest that racial-ethnic minorities and children of low socioeconomic status without access to home computers lagged behind, however when only school use of computers was compared there was little difference. Low SES children and minorities, whether computers were used at home or schools, had little effect on performance. While there appear to be statistical variations in computer-related academic results, using computers at school resulted in little increased value to overall achievement.
Havard, B. & Du, J. (2005). Technology Access and Use at School and Student Academic Achievement. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 750-753). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).